Schuessler Lecture

The Karl F. Schuessler Lecture

The Karl F. Schuessler Lecture is held annually and highlights state-of-the-art and cutting-edge developments in social science methodology.

Throughout his career, Karl authored articles, chapters, and books too numerous to mention on the methods of social research and criminology. As a result of his reputation for insisting on rigorous scholarship and methodological sophistication, Karl was selected to serve as editor of both the American Sociological Review and the prestigious series, Sociological Methodology.

The lecture is made possible by a generous gift to the Schuessler Institute from Karl’s family. It was established in recognition of Karl’s many contributions to the enterprise of sociological research specifically, and social science research more generally, and his uncompromising quest/support for rigorous scholarship in the social sciences that is informed by methodological expertise.

Past speakers


Title: The Erasure of a Pioneering Methodologist: The Case of W. E. B. Du Bois and Missed Opportunities.
Speaker: Aldon Morris, Northwestern University
Date: April 14, 2023
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall


Title: Mortality Effects of Healthcare Supply Shocks: Evidence Using Linked Deaths and Electronic Health Records.
Speaker: Kosali Simon, Indiana University
Date: April 1, 2022
Location: Woodburn Hall Social Science Research Commons-Grand Hall


Title: Natural Language Processing (NLP): An Introduction to its Language and Tools. A Practical Workshop.
Speaker: Roberto Franzosi, Emory University
Date: April 17, 2021
Location: Zoom


Title: Life After Prison: Studying Freedom with Three Methods
Speaker: Bruce Western, Columbia University
Date: March 22, 2019
Location: Woodburn Hall Social Science Research Commons-Grand Hall

Title: Counterfactual Inference with Heterogeneous Treatment Bundles: Sex, Race and Judge's Party in EEOC Litigation Outcomes
Speaker: Michael Sobel, Columbia University
Date: April 6, 2018
Location: Woodburn Hall Social Science Research Commons-Grand Hall



Title: Beyond Big Data
Speaker: Matthew Salganik, Princeton University
Date: April 7, 2017
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Inputs and Outcomes, Theory and Empirics, and Causality
Speaker: Guillermina Jasso, New York University
Date: April 22, 2016
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Population Hetereogeneity and Causal Inference
Speaker: Yu Xie, University of Michigan
Date: April 10, 2015
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Set-theoretic Methods for the Study of Inequality
Speaker: Charles Ragin, University of California-Irvine
Date: March 21, 2013
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Measuring Change with Changing Measures
Speaker: Peter V. Marsden, Harvard University
Date: March 29, 2012
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Understanding the Autism Epidemic
Speaker: Peter Bearman, Columbia University
Date: March 31, 2011
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Measuring the Unmeasurable: Depression, Democracy, and Distance
Speaker: Ken Bollen, University of North Carolina
Date: April 1, 2010
Location: University Club, IMU


Title: Sustaining Social-Ecological Systems
Speaker: Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University
Date: November 6, 2008
Location: University Club, IMU